Core i5 Processor price in Nepal
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A computer is made up of many parts and each one has its own importance. Among all of them, the processor is the most important hardware. It is known as the brain. In normal PC, we have one processor and that decides a lot of things. We usually build the whole system around it. CPU is what mainly defines the build and has a big share of performance and budget. There are many options and we can find both Intel and AMD CPU in the Nepali market. We also have other articles on PC building. So here is our list of desktop processor price in Nepal. The Intel CPU details was given to us by Ocean Computer and AMD Ryzen price was taken from BigByte IT World‘s site.

Let us start with the basics here. First of all, you should know your needs and budget. Everyone has different processing and power requirements. A normal user or student who uses QBASIC, Microsoft Office, HTML, watches movies and browse the internet needs a very basic PC. If you are a college-level student and do programming in Python, C, C++, Java then your requirements are higher. Engineers and designers who use CAD software, MATLAB, Android Studio, Adobe Suite need even more power. Similarly, Gamers also need a powerful system. From these requirements, we find out what processor we need.

Which Processor to Choose? Know your need first

Many times people don’t pick the correct hardware. Either they buy less powerful hardware or they pay more for a very powerful one which they don’t even need. Processors are expensive and crucial, so be very careful on this part. While buying always be careful about the selection of your CPU parts. You need to focus on the motherboard, graphics card, storage, memory, and casing but mainly processor.

There are two main companies that cater to the worldwide market. They are Intel and AMD. Intel has a big share in Nepal while AMD is growing after its Ryzen launch. Now about the need and choice. If you are a person who just needs a basic computer to do school or office work, watch movies and browse the web, then buy a new dual-core processor. But these days quad-core chips like Core i3 and Ryzen 3 come at a reasonable price so do consider them. However, you can save by picking up a Pentium or old Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. But we don’t recommend them.

4K Video streams, new software require powerful components. Therefore, at this time, we suggest getting a quad-core processor as a minimum. If you are a college student, programmer, engineer, designer, gamer then definitely get 6 core CPU. If you are into extreme gaming, advanced video editing, simulation, and HPC then go for 8 cores. For other people, there are 10 core options as well. In the list below we have listed 10th gen Intel processors but their Nepali price has not been announced so we have USD rate.

Latest Processor price in Nepal

CPU ModelsPrice
Intel Core i9 9820XRs 1,35,250
i9 10900K$488
i9 10900KF$472
Core i9 10900$439
i9 9900KRs 75,325
Core i9 990KFRs 68,425
Core i7 10700K$374
i7 10700$323
Intel Core i7 9700KRs 61,635
Core i7 9700KFRs 49,450
Intel i7 9700Rs 48,300
Intel Core i5 10600K$262
Core i5 10600$213
i5 10400$182
Core i5 9600KRs 32,000
Core i5 9400Rs 26,450
Intel Core i5 9400FRs 21,620
Core i3 10300$143
i3 10100$122
Core i3 9100FRs 12,535
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960XRs 2,08,800
Ryzen 9 3950XRs 1,18,800
Threadripper 2950XRs 1,08,800
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XRs 72,800
Ryzen 7 3700XRs 50,800
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XRs 38,800
Ryzen 5 3600Rs 30,800
AMD 3400GRs 24,800
Ryzen 3 3200GRs 17,800

This is the general average price list of the latest Intel and AMD CPU in Nepal. It may not be exact and can change. This is to give a general market idea to users. It consists of 9th generational Intel Coffee Lake Refresh and AMD Ryzen 3 processors. There are older chips available in the market as well. Old Coffee Lake models are also very good and provide a substantial upgrade over Kaby Lake models.

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Previous Generation CPU Price in Nepal

Core i9 7900XRs 1,68,000
i9 7820XRs 83,000
Intel Core i7 8700KRs 50,000
Core i7 8700Rs 48,000
Intel Core i5 8600KRs 35,000
Core i5 8400Rs 25,000
Core i3 8100Rs 15,000
Intel i7 7700Rs 43,000
Core i5 7400Rs 20,000
Core i3 7100Rs 14,000
i3 6100Rs 12,500
i5 4460Rs 18,000
i5 3470Rs 12,000
Core i3 3220Rs 9,000
Pentium G3260Rs 7,119
Core 2 QuadRs 3,500
Intel Core 2 DuoRs 1,500
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950XRs 1,08,800
Ryzen 7 2700XRs 38,800
Ryzen 5 2600XRs 25,800
AMD Ryzen 2600Rs 21,800
AMD 2400GRs 20,800
Ryzen 3 1200Rs 11,800

It is also a general price list and may not be exact according to the market. The price changes regularly. Just take a market idea from this.

Core i5 760 SKU
Core i5 760 SKU

Intel Processor Details: Team Blue Options

Intel is a market leader for a long time and they have a very wide range of options for all levels of users. They provide processors for servers such as Xeon Platinum and Itanium. They also cater to High-Performance Computing (HPC) and workstation users with Xeon and Core X series CPU. Then they have normal Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 for normal consumers, enthusiasts and offices. We can segment these models according to their power, price, and level. This should make your purchase making process easier.

Server and Workstation Chips: Enterprise Products

Team Blue has a different offering for this tier. It is the most premium range and the processors here are very expensive. Intel has Itanium, Core X series and Xeon for this computing need. Actually these are for server and datacenter systems. Supercomputers also use them and they have many Xeon CPU and Nvidia Telsa Graphics cards. Some people use these processors in consumer or professional work as well. For example, there are many pre-built systems available with these CPUs. The new Mac Pro also comes with Xeon chips inside.

Xeon vs Core in CAD Workstations

Core Series: Consumer Level Offerings

Here we have the famous processors such as Pentium, Core i9, i7, i5, i3 and Core 2 series. These are for normal users and it includes a large chunk of their customers. Normal laptop users, home PC users, school students, college students, university graduates, educational institutes, games, offices all use these Core processors. Some universities and offices where research and simulation work is done tend to use workstations and servers. These are special use cases. Core series has a huge market share in numbers but server and enterprise products actually bring in large cash. Now let us see what we have in this family.

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Core i9 Microprocessors

This was introduced in 2017 under Core-X series. Then it came for the normal consumers in Coffee Lake lineup in 2018. These are high-end flagship CPU with high core counts and thread counts. Core i9 chips are powerful and very power-hungry. They have a high core clock, L3 cache, and support more memory. Extreme gamers, professionals, graphics designers, video editors, animators, programmers prefer it for the single-core performance. These are very expensive and also require a powerful motherboard with good VRM. There are many Core i9 models in the market and some of them are as follows.

  1. 9820X
  2. 7900X
  3. 7920X
  4. 9900K
  5. 9900KF

The X series is from the HEDT lineup. Others are for general consumers. The Core i9 microprocessor’s tray price in the regional market is quite high compared to the US market. These are very powerful and expensive. Therefore the demand is also quite less. The Intel Core i9 9900K processor price in Nepal is about Rs 75,325 and many people prefer it. High-end users or server users prefer 9820X or 10980XE.

Core i7 Models

This is a very famous lineup and it is one of the most loved chips in history. These have a reputation for being very powerful. In the start, Core i7 was a quad-core CPU of high range. Core i5 was also 4 core but only i7 had hyperthreading. This meant 4 core and 8 threads. This meant a lot to people who need more core and threads. It was the case until Kaby Lake in 2017.

Intel Core i7 9700K CPU
Intel Core i7 9700K CPU

Then in 2018, Intel launched Coffee Lake with huge overhaul. Core i7 started coming with 6 core and 12 threads at the same pricing. It really changed the computing market because mainstream users could get more performance at the same price. Here are some of the famous Core i7 CPU.

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  1. 9700K
  2. 9700KF
  3. 9700
  4. 8700K
  5. 8700
  6. 7700K
  7. 7700

We have listed the Core i7 processor price in Nepal in a table above. It includes the price of 8th generation i7 8700K and 9th generation 9700K as well. The older 7700K is a very popular CPU of its time and it is quite powerful. Intel has quite a lot of good 14 nm chips in its portfolio.

Core i5

This is the most popular mainstream option. It fits very well in the budget and gives the best performance. Almost every i5 till now is considered as the best value CPU. Since the start of the i5 8th generation coffee lake, its value has got even better because they became 6 cores from 4 cores. A good Core i5 can handle all normal tasks easily, do very good gaming, handle heavy graphics cards and also perform well in engineering applications. Here are some famous Intel i5 models.

  1. Core i5 9400
  2. 9400F
  3. i5 8600K
  4. i5 8400
  5. 7400

There are many models in the market and in every country, this lineup is most famous. Similar to other models, the Intel Core i5 processor price in Nepal is also a bit higher. It is slightly higher than the US but we call it reasonable. This is all due to import, distribution, tax, retail margin and other additional costs. Among all of these, the 8400 and 9400F are our favorite. If you are surely going to use dedicated Nvidia or AMD graphics card then go for 9400F. The models which have F at the end of their name don’t have iGPU so they are quite cheap.

Core i3

These are favorite options for many budget-oriented builders. I used the first-generation Core i3 540 for 7 years and it was very good. At first, these were dual-core with hyperthreading. Then from the 8th generation, they became quad-core chips with no hyperthreading. The 10th gen 10100 is supposed to have hyperthreading so 4 cores and 8 threads. This makes Core i3 the best budget value processor. These chips always handle mid-range graphics cards with ease. Thus providing good gaming and computing experience. These are some of the best i3 CPU models.

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  1. 9100F
  2. 9100
  3. 8100
  4. 7100
  5. 6100

The Core i3 processor price in Nepal is very reasonable for all models. They are almost always around the international MRP. This is what makes them the best choice. For now, Core i3 9100F is the best option for any person who needs a low budget gaming system. For home desktop, 9100 or 8100 are the best options. The new i3 9th generation is similar to its predecessor with just small core clock improvement.

AMD processors details: Team Red options

Advanced Micro Devices has been in business for more than 50 years. They used to have cheap options with high core count but low IPC and high TDP. They had few popular offerings such as Athlon, Bulldozer, Phenom, Duron, Opteron, Turion and Sempron. The company was putting products in the market but they were not popular at that time. It was all due to low IPC, core clock and high heat problems.

In 2017 the company launched AMD Ryzen lineup and it changed the game for the whole market. Their new Ryzen processors compete head to head with Intel now. This is why Intel is also pushing good chips these days. Team Red’s products are now regarded as the best value CPU. They are also doing very well in the laptop’s mobile processor like Ryzen 4000 series. AMD processor prices in Nepal at first were very unreasonable because there was no demand. However, after 2019, it has improved and many enthusiasts are integrating them in their build.

AMD Epyc and Threadripper: Data Center and Workstation

Epyc processors are for servers and data centers that need high core count, threads, cache memory, PCI Lanes, lots of peripherals and need multiple processors. These are also built on Zen architecture and provide very good competition to Intel’s Xeon. Threadripper is a consumer-level chip with high core counts and massive power throughput. It is not for normal users but mainly for professional workstations. Some Threadripper CPUs are just like Epyc counterparts but cheaper and with some less power. These are very expensive but due to competition, these are becoming reasonable. Here are some of the AMD Threadripper processors available in Nepal.

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  1. 3960X
  2. 2960X

These are some models that can be sourced in the Nepalese market. One good thing we like about AMD processors is the inclusion of good CPU coolers such as Wraith Ripper Cooler, Wraith Prism and Wraith Stealth.

Ryzen Series: Consumer Level Favorite

Here we have many famous desktop processors such as Ryzen 9, 7, 5 and 3. Each one is in its own league and provides different levels of value and performance. One of the best things about all these AMD processors is that they are all unlocked. So, if users have a good motherboard they can do overclocking. Many people like them for their value proposition. All of these also come with a very good thermal solution. Let us see details about this lineup.

Ryzen 9

This is the highest-end lineup of AMD’s consumer offering. The processors in this family have high number of cores and threads. Mostly they are more than 10 cores. These CPUs have high bandwidth, speed, memory support, and new technologies. There are features such as Game Cache, Precision Boost 2, One-click overclocking and StoreMI technology. These are demanding chips and need power X570 motherboards. With the new X570 chipset, you can enjoy also PCIe 4.0 for faster speeds. These are some AMD Ryzen 9 models in the market.

  1. 3950X
  2. 3900X

These 3950X comes with 16 cores with hyperthreading and 64 MB L3 cache. It’s boost clock is 4.7 GHz and max TDP is 105W. The 3900X comes with 12 cores, 64 threads, 64 MB cache, and the same 105W TDP.

Ryzen 7

These were the high end offerings before Ryzen 9. In this family, we see many powerful chips with mostly 8 cores and 16 threads. The Ryzen 7 processors are the top choice of gamers and creators. These provide the best value for money. Many people have given very good reviews to the products of this family. Amazon also ranks some of them as top sellers. The 3rd Gen Ryzen processors also come with RGB cooler which is very good. If you are not willing to get any third party thermal solution then you can stick with the stock one. But we recommend using AIO for 105W TDP. Anything up to 65W is very good with a normal stock cooler. There are many products in this Ryzen 7 family and here are some of them.

  1. 3800X
  2. 3700X
  3. 2700X
  4. 2700

AMD 3700X and 2700X are many people’s favorite choice for their price and value proposition. They can handle good and powerful graphics card. So people can enjoy good work and play with their system. The price of these processors is near to good Core i7 counterparts.

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Ryzen 5 3600 Retail Box USA
Ryzen 5 3600 Retail Box USA

Ryzen 5

This is the mainstream lineup just like the Core i5. The products of this family are choice for many mid range users. The products like 2600X have been praised for the value they provide for less money. Ryzen 5 processors provide best all-round performance. Mostly gamers and streamers prefer this. Since the start AMD is improving this lineup. We are seeing performance boost, IPC upgrades, and better support.

There are two types of Ryzen 5 processors. First is the normal one which comes without integrated GPU. The next one comes with built-in Radeon Vega Graphics. Those are for people who don’t want an external GPU. AMD has a solution for all types of needs and users. These are some of the famous Ryzen 5 CPUs in the market.

  1. 3600X
  2. 3600
  3. 2600X
  4. 2600
  5. 3400G
  6. 2400G

The Ryzen 5 3600X is new and popular CPU that comes with 6 cores, 12 threads and 32 MB L3 cache. Its price is about Rs 38,800. Similarly, we have previously popular 2600X with the same specs but base clock of 3.6 GHz and 16 MB cache. The Ryzen 5 2600X price in Nepal is Rs 25,800 and it gives a great value compared to current Core i5 9400 and 8400.

Ryzen 3

This is the company’s starting range of processor. It is for the budget range users who want a good quad-core system in a $150 bracket. The CPU chips in this family mostly have 4 cores and 8 threads. These are very good for normal home users, school students, and basic work. Ryzen 3 is the minimum you should get from this company. It is equivalent to the Core i3 series from Intel. Here are some famous AMD Ryzen 3 processors available in the market.

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  1. 3200G
  2. 2200G
  3. 2300X
  4. 1200

The G in the last of the name indicates the inclusion of integrated Vega Graphics. AMD Ryzen 1200 is one of the most famous products of this series. It has 4 cores, 4 threads, 3.1 GHz base clock and 8 MB cache. This was one of the best budget 1080p gaming processor. It really challenged the market and thus Intel also made their i3 quad-core.

Recommendations and conclusion

Before buying be sure what you need and might need in the future. Be very careful about expansions and hardware that you might add. If you need a lot of peripheral, you might need more PCI lanes. Think of your upgrade path and graphics cards as well. These things need careful and due consideration. See the hardware requirement of your software and programs. If your program and work need high core count, go for such processors like Threadripper and Xeon. If you need a high core clock and more single-core performance then go for Core i9 or Ryzen 9.

Don’t overspend and buy a chip that you won’t take full benefit. But plan for a long term and see how long will you use your system and how long it will help later. If you just need 4 cores maximum there is no need of purchasing a hexacore or octa-core CPU. Similarly, if you need 6 cores, you are better off with a hexacore chip but 8 cores might be good for the future too. So just be careful and plan ahead. Always buy a high-quality motherboard with good VRM, cooling, headers, and support.

Use proper cooling solutions such good air cooler or AIO Be very careful while applying thermal paste and use the correct amount. Keep your system cool and ventilated so that it performs good, and runs a long life. Do proper research before picking the most important part of your PC and investing your money in tech.

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